Ben Sidell hails from a family steeped in food and entertainment. An actor by trade, Sidell strived to find his purpose in L.A. After finding himself turning to baking as a form of therapy, the actor-turned-professional baker took a leap of faith and finally found the best of both worlds with the opening of SweetBoy in December 2019. Despite COVID-19 shutting down the country a mere 10 weeks after opening, Sidell continued to work harder than ever, baking and delivering his delicious baked goods (100% solo!) to Angelenos needing to indulge in comfort foods during uncertain times. Best known for its signature SweetBuns—Sidell’s take on cinnamon rolls—chocolate chip cookies and rainbow sugar cookies, each of the delivery-only bakery’s desserts are baked to order.
2. Jam Bar
What started as a “side hustle” for Brenda Barnum—a full-time neonatal intensive care unit nurse—quickly took off once word got out from her co-workers. Now known as Jam Bars by BB, Barnum’s sweet treats are in high demand in L.A. From PB&J with strawberry or raspberry jams to strawberry lemonade or caramel drizzle apple spice, each jam bar is a delicious treat.
With five-plus years of experience as a pastry chef, including nearly three years at Sqirl and two at Gjusta, Sasha Piligian was gearing up to return to L.A. to start doing pop-up bakeries around town while building her own bakery—and then the pandemic hit. But that didn’t stop people from wanting Piligian’s desserts, and after receiving a flow of direct messages via Instagram, the pastry chef pivoted her original plan and started May Provisions. Offering custom cakes—think fan favorites like passion fruit vanilla cake with salty vanilla buttercream or her best-known olive oil cake—slab pie and cookies, as well as weekly pastry boxes, customers can place orders every Monday—via Instagram direct message or through the website—for pickup on Sunday (pickup locations vary).
Founded by the power-team of Gianna and Nicola Vietina (Madeo Ristorante) and Federico Fernandez (Four Seasons Hotel executive pastry chef), Bianca Bakery is a must-try spot for those with a love for culinary delights. The bakery’s menu exhibits Argentinean, Italian and French influence, and ranges from comfort dishes like bread and marmalade to the decadent like Mediterranean sea bass and pounded veal-chop Milanese. Culver City
With a stunning industrial interior, warm environment and delicious menu, Sycamore Kitchen is an urban bakery to be revered. The spot was founded by Karen and Quinn Hatfield, and their extensive experience in the industry—with one Michelin star restaurant already under their belt—is evident in the ingenuity and artistry of the menu. Restaurant highlights include pork belly hash, dark ale spice gingerbread and croque madame. Los Angeles
Fresh breads, grain bowls, homemade pastries, oh my! Gjusta's extensive menu offers a variety of delightful treats that are bound to satisfy any craving. The store is a triple threat: not only is it a bakery, but a cafe, market and deli as well. If you’re strolling down Sunset Ave. and find yourself at Gjusta, then a must-try off the menu is the build-your-own fish sandwich with a choice of house-made breads and fresh seafood. Venice
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